What is bone conduction headphone?
Bone conduction headphone has different mechanism than that of regular headphone. In regular headphone sound waves first enter your outer ear then middle ear and then the inner ear while in bone conduction headphone sound waves are transferred into vibration that reaches inner ear directly. These Headphones get attached to your head bone or cheek bone, leaving your ear free, allowing you to hear ambient noises.
These headphones are very convenient for deaf or the person suffering from hearing impairments, it works like hearing aid. But it works for conducting hearing loss only, it does not work for the one suffering from sensorineural hearing loss.
You can wear waterproof bone conduction headphone if you want to enjoy your favorite music underwater.
You can work out wearing these headphones without the fear of earphones slipping off.
One of the fact is that bone conduction headphone does not provide higher quality music but they are not bad either.
The two best wired bone conduction headphones are:
- AfterShokz Trekz Air bone conduction headphone
- Panasonic open air bone conduction headphone
. AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction Headphone:
AfterShokz is a company that got both wireless and wired bone conduction headphones. It is U-shaped, you can easily wrap it around your neck. It does not cover your ears, vibrations are sent through cheekbones to the inner ear. It has premium Pitch technology which provides high quality audio and Leak Slayer to avoid sound leakage. Microphone is available to make and take phone calls. The Air is the thinner version of Titanium, it is lighter and a lot more supple then the previous version. It uses Bluetooth v4.2 technology.
You can pair your headphones with your phone (it supports iOs and Android) , laptop, computer, TV or any other electric device to listen to your favorite music. Control buttons are present to play, skip and pause. You can activate hands free feature from a single button on the outside of the left ear pod. Two smooth rectangles are present on the either side of AfterShokz Trekz Air, one to hold the battery and other to hold internal circuits, antenna and buttons.
Battery life of Air for music and calls is 6 hours. It is sweat proof, perfect for working out but they are not suitable for swimming.
Air is available in three different colors which are:
- Forest green
- Midnight blue
- Slate grey
Panasonic RP-HGS10 Open Air Bone Conduction Headphone:
Panasonic RP-HGS10 uses bone conduction technology to transfer sound waves in the form of vibrations to cochlea directly through cheek bones. It is lightweight and comfortable, perfect for indoor as well as outdoor use. You can wear it while driving, without any fear because it does not cover your ears, so you’re free to hear car horns, traffic and other sounds. Also, you can enjoy your favorite music while jogging, resting and working out. These headphones are water resistant so you can enjoy quality audio streams underwater.
Panasonic RP-HGS10 is available in three different colors which are:
It has soft corner cushions and tangle-resistant cord which makes it easier to use. Moreover, it as reflection sheet for safety.